Australian Spine Registry: 2018 Annual Report

Esther Apos, John Cunningham, Susannah Ahern, Elysia Greenhill, Thomas Alan Ranger, Michael Johnson

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The Australian Spine Registry (ASR) is proud to present its first Annual Report. The ASR commenced recruiting patients and collecting data in January 2018 and this report summarises the first year of patient recruitment and data collection. The data presented in this report was collected for all participants recruited between 15 January 2018 and 19 January 2019.
The registry pilot has had a successful year of streamlining its operations, data collection and data analysis. One of the ASR’s strengths is data acquisition via pre-operative and post-operative patient questionnaires. The registry is currently collecting 1-year post-operative follow up data from the initial contributing participants to the registry.
This pilot stage is primarily examining operational issues related to expense, collection of demographic, diagnostic, treatment and PROMs data. Preliminary data analysis is looking at diagnostic cohorts and methods of data analysis.
From the preliminary data examined:
• 56% males and 44% females with a median age at the time of surgery of
62 years for males and 66 years for females;
• 37.7% of participants presented with one or more comorbidity;
• Discectomy patients were generally younger and had fewer comorbidities
when compared to the total participant cohort;
• Patient reported questionnaire preliminary analysis for both participant
cohorts examined (total and discectomy) showed:
o ODI scores improved in the 6-month time period;
o EQ-5D-3L scores improved in the 6-month time period.
Looking ahead, the ASR pilot will continue to streamline its operational process and will be investigating information migration from practice management software to the registry database in order to facilitate patient information and data accuracy.
The pilot will be evaluated mid-2020 and further funding will be actively sought to enable the registry to expand. Funding support for the registry pilot has been through the following medical device companies, health insurers and the Spine Society of Australia (SSA).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
PublisherAustralian Spine Registry (ASR)
Number of pages41
VolumeReport No 1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Spine Society of Australia
  • clinical quality registry

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